I recently posted an article on how I think about creating a salad dressing and a simple guide for making salad dressings. This is such an important skill because many store bought dressings are filled with additives and sugar that you wouldn’t want to eat.
This is one example of a dressing using the framework above. It is a creamy tahini lemon yogurt dressing that you can throw together in just a few minutes and toss on a salad or us on a grain bowl with roasted vegetables or fish.
Check below the recipe for some of the benefits of this recipe!
Creamy Tahini Lemon Yogurt Dressing
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tbsp plain greek yogurt organic, pasture raised ideal
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 0.5 Tbsp honey optional
- 0.5 garlic clove optional
- 1 Pinch dried dill optional
- 1 Pinch salt and pepper
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk or stir until well combined. Enjoy!
Here are some of the benefits you’ll get from this dressing:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The Mediterranean diet is one of the best known healthy diets in the world. EVOO is a staple of the diet because of its anti-inflammatory properties, and of course delicious taste.
Extra Virgin is the least processed version of olive oil, and the healthiest. Olive oil contains modest amounts of vitamin E and K. The phenols in extra virgin olive oil are antioxidants that can fight free radicals in your body to promote health.
There are a host of benefits including reducing blood pressure, and improving skin and hair health (source)
Full-fat Greek Yogurt
Using a full-fat, grass fed yogurt is really important. And of course make sure there are no added sugars! We’re going for full natural here.
- This high fat yogurt is a great way to kick start your metabolism and increase satiety.
- Because yogurt is fermented its filled with great probiotics that feed your microbiome!
- Yogurt contains:
- and other vitamins
Because this recipe calls for full fat, even just a 1/4 cup of it keeps me satiated but I don’t feel too full!
Lemon is a great source of vitamin C. Just one lemon contains 50% of your RDA for vitamin C.
Lemon also contains a small amount of electrolytes that your body requires like potassium, magnesium, and calcium.
Tahini is a paste made from toasted and ground sesame seeds and is a staple of the Mediterranean cuisine, but is also used around the world. I’ll use Tahini in many of my dressings and sauces.
Tahini is very high in copper and contains small amounts of other minerals like selenium, and iron.
Sesame seeds are known to have a positive impact on heart health, including reducing blood pressure, triglycerides, and LDL (source).